Solidly researched journalism like the Barrett piece helps us to see a politician's legislative record whole. And that record is disgraceful: halfhearted sponsorship of legislation in the city and abandonment of it in Albany. Thanks to Barrett, a titanic upset of Goodman by Liz Krueger and a move toward progressive, principled representation of New York's East Side in Albany just took a big step forward.

Linda Stone Davidoff

Split Personalities

I agree with Dan Savage's comments on the recent breakups of Ellen DeGeneres and Anne Heche and Melissa Etheridge and Julie Cypher [Savage Love, October 3]. If you are compelled to carry on publicly like you are in love forever, who are you trying to convince? Sure, I'm a little jaded, but at 33, it's just common sense.

I'm kind of relieved at the demise of these lesbian supercouples. Even though they made some of us feel more connected to popular culture and Hollywood, and for a brief time even inspired us with the possibility of healthy, stylish, highly visible lesbian love, there's also some relief that comes when the bubble bursts. Even supercouple icons need grounding.

Monica Shumate
Knoxville, Tennessee

Raising 'Kids'

Ward Harkavy's article "Hollywood Babble On" [September 26] contained a graphic that suggested Disney, through its ownership of Miramax, was responsible for the release of the film Kids. That is untrue. It is common knowledge that Disney wanted to sanitize the film to a degree unacceptable to both the director and Miramax executives Bob and Harvey Weinstein.

Rather than submit to Disney's demands, the Weinstein brothers assembled a group of investors to buy the rights back from Disney. The original cut of the film was released independently.

Paul D. Addis
San Francisco, California

Garded Reaction

Jerry Saltz ["Babylon Calling: Thoughts on Newness for the New Season," September 19] brought up many good points regarding the current state of the avant-garde. I would like to offer two additional perspectives, which are interconnected.

The cost of real estate in New York has risen to such a high level in the past 20 years that virtually the only kind of gallery that can survive is the big-bucks, no-risk type. Thus, the venues left are small, fleeting, and often off the beaten track. The days of a general art-world awareness of new art by people like Beuys, Nauman, and Serra have given way to pluralistic legions of challenging works hidden away in garage-studios and basements.

Until publicly funded spaces are made available, there will be many more trees falling silently in the rarefied world of advanced ideas.

Mark Jones
Cortlandt Manor, New York

Lost in Translation

I was surprised by Daniel Handler's article about Haruki Murakami's novel Norwegian Wood ["I Love Murakami," October 3]. While I agree that this is a great novel and that Murakami is, on the whole, a great author, Handler is off-base in saying that Norwegian Wood has been inaccessible in English. The Kodansha release of this book has been readily available at the Kinokuniya bookstore here in New York City for years.

Ethan Bodle

Daniel Handler replies: The Kodansha edition is hardly accessible. It was pulled from circulation years ago by Murakami himself, who disapproved of the translation. A copy turns up on eBay now and then, but a phone call to Kinokuniya revealed that the only English version they carry is the Vintage edition I reviewed.

Tuned in

In response to Douglas Wolk's article on Radiohead ["Like Our New Direction?" October 10]: I'm tired of hearing and reading about how incredibly wonderful Radiohead is, even though I thoroughly believe that they are, in fact, incredibly wonderful. So it was nice to read a review that wasn't totally positive or negative, even though I was a bit annoyed at the comment that Radiohead were one-hit wonders prior to OK Computer. They were one-hit wonders in mainstream America only. I understand that "Street Spirit" and other tracks off The Bends were huge hits in other countries, especially in Canada and England. Furthermore, I don't believe that Kid A is meant to be a "go-fuck-yourself" album. I think they had to make this kind of an album to remain at least somewhat genuine in creating music.

Chris Horgan
Fort Lauderdale, Florida

11th Hour

As a young American living in the 11th District in Brooklyn, I was disappointed to see Una Clarke lose to Major Owens ["BrooklynRATS," Peter Noel, September 26].

I had supported Owens since I had been eligible to vote. But he has never supported my community directly. I have seen Clarke at rallies, funerals, and celebrations.

District 11 is one of the most diverse communities in the United States. Una Clarke would unite us—not divide us.

Sharon Aaron

Singing Soccer

Mark Winopol's article on the New York MetroStars and U.S. soccer was, in a word, beautiful ["Metros and Soccer Look to Advance," October 10]. In the words of a song we sing in the supporters' section:

This is what we like!
This is what we like!
Simple as soccer, but simply true. Up the Metro!

Howard G. Brown

Hentoff Named Journalists' Fellow

Voice columnist Nat Hentoff has been named a Fellow of the Society of Professional Journalists for "extraordinary contributions to the profession."

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